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The Chieftains celebrate St. Patrick's Day at Symphony Hall.

Classical Music

Longy School of Music

Edward Pickman Concert Hall, 27 Garden St., Cambridge. Information: 876-0956 x120. Mar. 9­11, 8 p.m. Opera at Longy, directed by Donna Roll, presents scenes taken from operas by Weill, Mozart, Bizet, von Weber, and Verdi. Mar. 12, 4 p.m. Admission: $12, concert only; $7, students/seniors; $50 for concert and light supper following concert. BSO principal harpist Ann Hobson Pilot in concert with violist MIT Professor Marcus A. Thompson, faculty member at the New England Conservatory and head of performance and chamber music studies, and flutist Alexa Still of the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra. Program: Works of Debussy, Arnold Bax, and William Mathias. Mar. 15, 8 p.m. Faculty Artist Series presents a concert of jazz standards and originals. Ben Schwendener, piano; Dave Zox, bass; Norman Zocher, guitar; and Takaaki Masuko, drums/percussion.

All Newton Music School

321 Chestnut St., West Newton. Information: 527-4553. Mar. 10, 11 a.m. Admission: $8 for lecture and performance; $10 for performance, lecture, and lunch. Rita Moerschel and Judith Gordon presents "Classics of Four Hand Piano." Mar. 11, 9:30 a.m. Admission: $6. Boston Composers String Quartet performs "Historical Journey through Music of the String Quartet: Part IV, Modern." Program: works by Webern, Ives, and Bartok. Mar. 12, 4 p.m. Free admission. ANMS Faculty Series: Jan Pfeiffer, cello; Timothy Steele, piano. Program: works by Beethoven, Martinu, and Franck.

MIT Advanced Music Performance Series

Killian Hall, 160 Memorial Dr. Mar. 10, 12 noon. Information: 253-2826. Eric Schreirer (G), jazz trombone.

Boston Symphony Orchestra

Symphony Hall, Boston. Admission: $21­59; $11.50 tickets sold for Open Rehearsal at 10:30 a.m.; Rush tickets (limited) available for Tue./Thu. evening and Fri. afternoon for $7 (one per customer) beginning at 9 a.m. on Fri. and 5 p.m. on Thu. Information: 266-2378 or 266-1492. Mar. 10­11 & 14: Wed., 7:30 p.m. (open rehearsal with a pre-rehearsal talk at 6:30 p.m.); Thu., Sat., and Tue., 8 p.m.; Fri., 1:30 p.m. Marek Janowski, conductor; Gerhard Oppitz, piano. All-Brahms Program: "Tragic" Overture, Serenade No. 2, and Piano Concerto No. 2. Mar. 16­18: Thu. & Sat., 8 p.m.; Fri., 1:30 p.m. Valery Gergiev, conductor. Program: Shostakovich, Symphony No. 7, "Leningrad" - performance commemorates the fiftieth anniversary of the end of World War II.

MIT Symphony Orchestra

Kresge Auditorium, 84 Massachusetts Ave. Mar. 10, 8:30 p.m. Admission: $2 at the door. Information: 253-9800. David Epstein, conductor; featuring Waltraut Wächter, violin. Program: Tchaikovsky, Symphony No. 4 in F Minor, Op. 36; Kurt Weill, Concerto for Violin and Wind Orchestra, Op. 12.

Cambridge Society for Early Music

Four locations: Mar. 10 - Josiah Smith Tavern, Weston; Mar. 12 - Heard House, 40 South Main St., Ipswich; Mar. 13 - Adolphus Busch Hall, Harvard University, Cambridge; Mar. 14 - Straus Library at Milton Academy, Milton. Mar. 10 & 12­14; all peformances at 8 p.m. except Sun. at 4 p.m. Admission: $15; $10, students/seniors. Other performances held through Mar. 14: call for locations and details. Information: 423-2808. The Society ends its 14th Anniversary Season with five performances by renowned fortepianist Seth Carlin in a recital entitled "Beethoven & His Circle," featuing solo keyboard works by classsical composers Beethoven, Haydn, Clementi, Humel, and Dussek.

Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum

280 The Fenway, Boston. Both concerts begin at 1:30 p.m. Admission (additional to museum admission): $4, $2 members. Information: 734-1359. Mar. 11: Young Artist Series - Gloria Chien, piano; Youn-Kyung Kim, piano. Mar. 12: Sunday Concert Series - Borromeo String Quartet, featuring Marty Ehrlich, artist-in-residence; Haydn, String Quartet, Op. 76, No. 5; Schumann, String Quartet No. 3; and works by Marty Erlich.

Boston Cecilia

New England Conservatory, Jordan Hall, 30 Gainsborough St., Boston. Mar. 12, 2:30 p.m. Admission: $10­27, with a few premium seats priced at $54; student/senior discounts available. Information: 232-4540. Handel's last completed oratorio, Jephtha, will be performed. The Cecilia Chorus and Period Instrument Orchestra; Donald Teeters, conductor.

Museum of Fine Arts

Remis Auditorium, 465 Huntington Ave., Boston. Mar. 12, 3 p.m. Admission: $17; $14, MFA members/seniors/students. Information: 369-3300. The Boston Museum Trio and soprano Jane Bryden will present a concert of French baroque chamber music. Players include Daniel Stepner, baroque violin; Laura Jeppeson, viola da gamba; and John Gibbons, harpsichord. Program: vocal and instrumental music of Marais, Leclair, Rameau, Forqueray, and Couperin.

Bank of Boston Celebrity Series

Symphony Hall, 301 Massachusetts Ave., Boston. Admission: $20­36 (unless noted). Tickets: 482-6661 (CelebrityCharge) or 266-1200 (SymphonyCharge). Mar. 12, 3 p.m. Maurizio Pollini, pianist in recital. Program: Schumann, Allegro and Fantasy in C Major, Op. 17; Chopin, Nocturnes, Op. 27 and Sonata No. 2 in B-flat Minor, Op. 35. Mar. 13, 8 p.m. Admission: $10­25. The Waseda Symphony Orchestra of Tokyo: Kiroyuki Iwaki, conductor; Misha Dichter, piano soloist. Program: Berlioz, Overture to Benvenuto Cellini; Mayuzumi, Bugaku; Rachmaninoff, Piano Concerto No. 2 in C Minor, Op. 18; Franck, Symphony in D Minor. Mar. 15, 8 p.m. Kiri Te Kanawa, soprano, performs selections from opera, art songs, and a great treasury of contemporary music.

Emmanuel Music Brahms Series

C. Walsh Theatre, Suffolk University, 41 Temple St., Beacon Hill, Boston. Mar. 12, 4 p.m. Performers: Sanford Sylvan, baritone; Arturo Delmoni, violin; Mary Ruth Ray, viola; Emmanuel Feldman, cello; with Randall Hodgkinson and Craig Smith, piano. Program: Seven Piano Pieces, Opus 76; Piano Quartet #1 in G Minor, Op. 25; Five Songs, Op. 47; Four Songs, Op. 97.

Boston Conservatory

Seully Hall, 8 The Fenway, Boston. Information: 536-6340. Mar. 12, 4 p.m. Leonard Ciampa, piano; works by Chopin, Albeniz, and Granados. Mar. 13, 8 p.m. Women's Choir - Sharon Brown, director; concert includes Couperin, In Praise of God; Daniel Pinkham, Angels are Everywhere; Mozart, Ave Maria; plus works by Poulenc and Michael Head. Mar. 15, 8:30 p.m. Boston Conservatory Chamber Winds and Wind Ensemble - James O'Dell, director; Strauss, Serenade in E-flat, Op. 7; Milhaud, Suite Française; additional works by Weinberger and Grainger.

MIT Faculty Concert

Kresge Little Concert, 84 Massachusetts Ave. Mar. 12, 8 p.m. Information: 253-2906. Premiere of Double Solitaire, a new work for solo dancer and percussion by Ed Cohen, senior lecturer in the Music and Theater Arts Department; performed by the Core Ensemble and dancer Demetrius Klein. Core Ensemble: Andrew Mark, cello; Hugh Hinton, piano; and Michael Parola, percussion. Other works include Nocturne, written by Texas A&M University Composer-in-Residence Peter Lieuwen, Donald Martino's Twelve Preludes for Solo Piano, and Beethoven's Sonata for Cell and Piano in A Major, Op. 69.

MIT Affiliated Artist Concert

Killian Hall, 160 Memorial Dr. Mar. 14, 8 p.m. Information: 253-2906. Pianist Eleanor Perrone performs Four Duets by J.S. Bach; Harold Shapero's Sonata No. 2; Five Preludes, Op. 74 by Alexander Scriabin; Chopin's Scherzo in C# minor, Op. 39, Schubert's Sonata in A Major, Op. Posth. (D. 959). This program will be repeated on Mar. 25 at 3 p.m. at the Newton Main Library.

John Oliver Chorale Premiere Performance

New England Conservatory, Jordan Hall, 30 Gainsborough St., Boston. Mar. 16, 8 p.m. Admission: $10-18-25; $5 discount for students/seniors. Tickets: 364-0068. Information: 421-9450. Premiere performance of Reckoning Time: A Song of Walt Whitman, a work by Professors Peter Child and Alan Brody, commissioned and performed by the John Oliver Chorale and Orchestra. MIT Music and Theater Arts Lecturer Michael Oullette will play the spoken role of Peter Doyle, one of Whitman's lovers, and baritone James Maddalena portrays Whitman.

Federal Reserve Bank of Boston Spring Concert Series

Bank Auditorium, 600 Atlantic Ave., Boston. Mar. 16, 12:30 p.m. Information: 973-3453. Soprano Annelise Skovmand, accompanied on piano by John Zielinski, will represent the Boston Conservatory of Music.

Popular Music

MIT Muses Concert

77 Massachusetts Ave., Rm. 6-120. Mar. 10, 7:30 p.m. Information: Erika, 225-7279. MIT's all-female a cappella group performs popular favorites, from the Cranberries and Belly to Yaz and the Commitments. Guest groups include the Rivier College Blues Express and the Amherst Zumbyes.

MIT Chorallaries Bad Taste Concert

77 Massachusetts Ave., Rm. 10-250. Mar. 11, 11:59 p.m. MIT's premier coed a cappella group presents their annual concert, featuring numbers dealing with love, sex, and breakfast foods (with probably an LSC parody, as well).

Bank of Boston Celebrity Series

Symphony Hall, 301 Massachusetts Ave., Boston. Mar. 12, 8 p.m. Admission: $20­36. Information: 482-6661 or 266-1200.

Druid Pub-Restaurant

Inman Square, Cambridge. Weekly: Tue., 9 p.m.; Fri.­Sat., 5 p.m.; Sun., 4 p.m. Information: 497-0965. Authentic Irish Pub setting, with antique oak woodwork highlighted by original works of Celtic art. Traditional live Irish music sessions.

Kendall Cafe

233 Cardinal Medieros Way, Cambridge. Admission: varies. Information: 661-0993. Each week will feature local and national artists including contemporary singer-songwriters, unplugged rock acts, blues and traditional folk.

The Green Dragon Tavern

11 Marshall St., Boston. Free admission every Wed. and Thu. night with a college ID. Information: 367-0055.

The Middle East

472/480 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge. Some shows have age limits. Unless otherwise noted, doors open at 8:30 p.m. for all downstairs shows and 9 p.m. for upstairs ones. Admission: varies; tickets may be purchased in advance at Strawberries, the In Your Ear Northhampton Box Office (1-800-THE-TICK), and the Middle East Box Office (Mon.­Sat., 10 a.m.­6 p.m.; call 492-5162 to charge tickets). Information: 497-0576.

Mar. 10: The Llamas, Kent 25, The Nines, Bosley [Upstairs, 19+, $6]; El Dopa CD Release Thang, Illtet, Skingame [Downstairs, 19+, $6]; Val Runs Amok [Bakery].

Mar. 11: Fast Backs, Motocaster, Doc Hopper, Firepig [Up, 19+, $7]; Rippopotamus, Avatar Blue, Bananafish [Down, 19+, $5]; Dante's Grin [Bakery].

Mar. 12: Blue Moon Poets (4­6 p.m.), Dance & Music Jam (7­8:30 p.m.), Scopeitones [Up, 18+, $5]; Lounge Night with The Maximum Leader [Up, 9 p.m., 19+, $2]; Food Not Bombs Benefit - Tenderloins, Jah Spirit, Chronic Pleasure (sliding scale) [Down, 1­6 p.m., all ages]; Joe Maneri Quartet, jazz [Down, 8­11 p.m., 19+, $10 ($8 w/student ID)]; Club Bohemia Review w/ Mickey Bliss [Bakery].

Mar. 13: Off The Wall Films [Up, 8­10 p.m., $5]; Zed Bacchus, Mod Swings Confustion [Up, 10 p.m.; 19+, $5]; Mon. Performing Arts Series Out Loud Theater presents: Dinner [Down, $6]; Cafe Du Monde [Bakery].

Mar. 14: Otis, Slush, Thug, JuJu [Up, 19+, $5]; The Medicine Band, Jimmy Todd [Bakery, 9­9:45 p.m.].

Mar. 15: Cheap Date Night - Bald Guys/UKLA Record Release Pary, 8 Ball Shifter, Hog Call [Up, 19+, $3]; The Arm (Tentative) [Down, 19+, $6]; Belly Dancing w/ Nazeera, Julietta & Korina [Bakery].

Mar. 16: Rock A Billy Boogie Night - The Premires, Fliptones, the Box Car Phantoms [Up, 19+, $6]; Blink, Rogue's March, Sugarsmack, Smitten [Down, 19+, $6]; So What (R&B Unplugged) [Bakery].

Jazz

New England Collegiate Jazz Festival

Kresge Auditorium, 84 Massachusetts Ave. Mar. 11: performances/clinics starting at 10 a.m., concert at 7 p.m. Admission: $10. Information: 253-2906. James O'Dell hosts the college band performances, as well as the the MIT Festival Jazz Ensemble and The Greg Hopkins Big Band.

World Music

Bank of Boston Celebrity Series

Symphony Hall, 301 Massachusetts Ave., Boston. Mar. 12, 8 p.m. Admission: $20­36. Tickets: 482-6661 (CelebrityCharge) or 266-1200 (SymphonyCharge). The Chieftains come to Boston to celebrate St. Patrick's Day in this annual holiday event, capturing the spirit of Celtic music in their performance. The group (Paddy Maloney, uileann pipes; Martin Fay, fiddle; Sean Keane, fiddle; Derek Bell, harp; Kevin Conneff, Bodhran; and Matt Molloy, flute) has just released a new album, The Long Black Veil, which features a number of collaborations with popular music performers (Sting, Mick Jagger, Van Morrison, and others).

Film

Friday Nights at the Japanese Flicks

77 Massachusetts Ave., Rm. 1-390. Donation: $1­2. Information: 253-2839. Mar. 10: Red Beard (Akira Kurosawa, 1965); 6:30 p.m. Dersu Uzala (Kurosawa, 1975); 10:30 p.m.

Lecture Series Committee

77 Massachusetts Ave., Rm. 10-250 and 26-100. Admission: $2; $3 for admission to LSC Classic plus one regular film (good for the weekend). Information: 258-8881. Mar. 10: Interview with the Vampire (Krzysztof Kieslowski, 1993); 7 & 10 p.m. [26-100]. LSC Classic - The 400 Blows (Francois Truffaut, 1959); 7:30 p.m. [10-250]. Mar. 11: The Hudsucker Proxy - Special Price, 50¢ (Joel and Ethan Coen, 1994); 3, 7 & 10 p.m. [26-100]. Mar. 12: One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (Milos Forman, 1975); 7 & 10 p.m. [26-100].

List Visual Arts Center

Bartos Theater, 20 Ames St. Information: 253-4400. Continuing film/lecture series presented in conjunction with "The Masculine Masquerade" exhibit (see "Exhibits" below). Male Sexualities. Mar. 12, 3 p.m.: All That Jazz (Bob Fosse, 1979); Midnight Cowboy (John Schlesinger, 1969). Male Identities. Mar. 14, 7 p.m.: Chameleon Street (Wendell B. Harris, 1991); American Me (Edward James Olmos, 1992).

MIT Women's Studies Program

77 Massachusetts Ave., Rm. 6-120. Information: 253-8844. "The New Women Warriors: A Festival of Cutting Edge Media by/about Asian and Asian American Women," program running through Mar. 22. Mar. 15, 7 p.m.: The Love Thang Trilogy (Mari Keiko Gonzales, 1994); Dream Girls (Kim Longinotto and Jano Williams, 1993).

Boston Public Library

Rabb Lecture Hall, Central Library, Copley Square, Boston. Information: 536-5400. Mar. 13, 6 p.m.: The Big Sleep (Howard Hawks, 1946); part of "The Look: Lauren Bacall," a film and video series featuring eight Bacall films of the 1940s and 50s.

Brattle Theatre

40 Brattle St., Harvard Square, Cambridge. Admission: $6 for all shows; $4 for Brattle members; $3 for seniors/children under 12. Information: 876-6837. Special Engagement. Feb. 10­16: Ladybird, Ladybird (Ken Loach, 1994); 4, 6, 8, 10 p.m. (Sat. & Sun. matinees, 2 p.m.).

Coolidge Corner Theater

290 Harvard Ave., Brookline. Mar. 4­Apr. 8; Sat., 12 noon. Admission: $6, single admission; $10, double feature; $50, series pass (12 films). Information: 491-5877. "Hong Kong 5," a salute to modern Hong Kong action films. Mar. 11: Bride with White Hair 2 (directed by Ronny Yu); Last Hero in China (directed by Wong Jing and Yuen Woo Ping).

French Library and Cultural Center, Ciné Club

53 Marlborough St., Boston. Admission: $5, $4 for members. Information: 266-4351. Mar. 9­11: Traffic (Jacques Tati, 1972); Thu.­Fri., 8 p.m.; Sat., 2 p.m. Mar. 16­17: Danton (Andrej Wajda, 1982); 8 p.m. Videotheque - free screening, Mar. 8: Bitter Cane (Haiti Films production); 1:30 p.m.

Harvard-Epworth Film Series

Harvard-Epworth Methodist Church, 1555 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge. Mar. 12, 8 p.m. Contribution: $3. Information: 354-0837. Mum's the Word (Leo McCarey, 1929) and The Habit of Happiness (Allan Dwan, 1916). Films accompanied by Rob Humphreville, piano.

Museum of Fine Arts

465 Huntington Ave., Boston. All films screened in Remis Auditorium. Unless otherwise noted, admission is $6.50, $5.50 for MFA members/students/seniors. Information: 267-9300.

Asian American International Film Festival. Mar. 10, 8 p.m.: Ashes of Time (Wong Kar-Wai, 1994). Mar. 11, 3 p.m.: The Day the Sun Turned Cold (Yim Ho, 1994).

Wang Center for the Performing Arts

268 Tremont St., Boston. Through Apr. 10: Mon., 7:30 p.m. Admission: $6. Information: 482-9393. The Wang Center presents its Classic Film Series, featuring favorite films on the largest screen in New England. Mar. 13: Singin' in the Rain (Gene Kelly and Stanley Donen, 1952). Mar. 20: Jaws (Steven Spielberg, 1975). Mar. 27: Lawrence of Arabia (David Lean, 1962). Apr. 10: Mary Poppins (Robert Stevenson, 1964).

Lectures

MIT Program in Women's Studies

Kresge Little Theater, 84 Massachusetts Ave. Admission: $8­15; $6­10, students/seniors (prices depend on performance). Tickets sold at New Words Bookstore and Crone's Harvest. Information: 422-1716. "(mal)ADJUSTMENT" Performance/Media Series This performance kicks off a month-long series of new performance, film/video events and discussions exploring women's psychological and political realities on the brink of the 21st century.

MIT Architecture Lecture Series

77 Massachusetts Ave., Rm. 10-250. Mar. 14, 6:30 p.m. Information: 253-7791. "Blurred Boundaries," talk by Ellen Dunham-Jones, assistant professor of Architecture at MIT. Dunham-Jones will discuss the challenges to architecture posed by the diminished significance of place in contemporary culture.

Theater Openings

"Sweeny (Buile Shuibhne)"

Mar. 10­12 - (1) Somerville Theatre, 55 Davis Square, Somerville; Mar. 14 - (2) Norwood Theatre, 111 Central St., Norwood. Admission: $17.50 at door; $15.50 in advance. Information: (1) 625-5700 or (2) 255-0404. The Macnas Theatre presents this self-described "epic struggle between the pagan heart and the Christian soul," direct from Galway for St. Patrick's Day. Winner, Best Production, Dublin Theatrical Festival.

"The Guardsman"

Huntington Theatre Company, 264 Huntington Ave., Boston. Mar. 10­Apr. 9: Tue.­Sat., 8 p.m. (excluding Mar. 12 and 19 at 7 p.m.); Sat. & Sun. matinees, 2 p.m. (excluding Mar. 11 and 12). Admission: $12­39; students/seniors, $5 discount. Information: 266-0800. Production of Ferenc Molnar's theatrical contest in which two leading married actors struggle with jealousy and infidelity, and love perhaps prevails. Jacques Cartier directs a translation by Frank Marcus.

"School for Wives"

Emerson Stage, Brimmer Loft Theatre, 69 Brimmer St., Boston. Mar. 15­19: Wed.­Sat., 8 p.m.; Sun., 2 p.m. Admission: $5; seating is limited, theatre capacity is 50 seats. Information: 578-8727. Emerson Stage performs Moliere's comic French classic; student-directed by Christina Iovita.

"A Face with a View"

Boston Baked Theatre, 255 Elm St., Davis Square, Somerville. Mar. 16­Apr. 1: Thu.­Sat., 8 p.m. Admission: $15; senior and student discounts available; preview performance Mar. 15, $10. Information: 628-9575. Boston native and stand-up comedienne Maria Falzone stars in this one-woman comedy/drama that details her eccentric upbriging in Sicilian culture and her effort to keep ties to her family while pursuing a life of her own.

"Hearts Beating Faster"

Coyote Theatre, Boston Center for the Arts, 539 Tremont St., Boston. Mar. 16­Apr. 2: Thu.­Sat., 8 p.m.; Sun., 7 p.m. Admission: $15.25; $18.25 for Saturdays. Information: 695-0659. A passionate play by Ralph Pape about an alluring drifter who irrevocably alters the course of a young woman's life. Jeffrey Mousseau, artistic director.

Ongoing Theater

"Hay Fever"

77 Massachusetts Ave., Rm 54-100. Mar. 10, 8 p.m. Information: 253-2530. MIT Community Players' production of Noel Coward's comedy of bad manners.

"From the Annals of Art"

Mobius, 354 Congress St., Boston. Mar. 10­11, 8 p.m. Admission: Thu., pay what you can; otherwise $7; $5, students/seniors. Reservations recommended. Information: 542-7416. Fragments of an epic street-performance cycle will be presented with blueprints for the Potato Pancake Truck. Featuring Malgosia Askanas, Arnold Vance, and many others.

"Death and the Maiden"

Unitarian Universalist Church, 28 Mugford St., Marblehead. Through Mar. 12: Sat.­Sun., 8 p.m. Admission: $12; $10, students/seniors. Information: 643-9993. The Delvena Theatre Company presents Ariel Dorfman's passionate, award-winning thriller about a woman who decides to seek a special revenge on a man whom she believes psychologically tormented her years earlier as an enemy of the state.

"An Ideal Husband"

The Lyric Stage, 140 Clarendon St., Copley Square, Boston. Through Mar. 12: Wed.­Fri., 8 p.m.; Sat., 5 & 8:30 p.m.; Sun., 2 p.m. Admission: $17­26. Information: 437-7172. An Oscar Wilde play that walks the lines between humorous, biting social commentary, and a mysterious, suspenseful story that deals with blackmail and betrayal.

"Live Bird"

Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston. Through Mar. 12: Fri.­Sun., 8 p.m.; Sat. & Sun. matinees, 3 p.m. Admission: $12.50 at door; $10 in advance. Information: 266-5152. This one-man, multi-media musical drama celebrates the life of Charlie "Bird" Parker; starring saxophonist-playwright-actor Jeff Robinson as Parker. Paintings of musicians such as Parker, Count Basie, Lester Young, Billie Holiday, and others by world renowned artist Martha Glinski will be exhibited in conjunction with the play.

"Candide"

Boston Lyric Opera, 114 State St., Boston. Mar. 10, 12, 14, 17, and 19. Call for times and admission. Information: 248-8660. Based on Voltaire's satire, Leonard Bernstein's musical production features a well-loved overture; lyrics by Richard Wilbur, Stephen Sondheim, and others. It tells the story of two children and their cousin who blindly accept their tutor's philosophy that everything happens for the best; but, after a series of catstrophes and perilous adventures, the group reunites for a more realistic point of view.his country and a climactic battle against France, in which he must prove his worth both as soldier and as statesman.

Dance

Boston Conservatory Dance Theater

Boston Conservatory Theater, 31 Hemenway St., Boston. Mar. 10­11, 8 p.m.; Mar. 12, 2 p.m. Admission: $10; $7, students/seniors. Information: 536-6340. Performed with the Boston Conservatory Orchestra; Yoichi Udagawa, guest conductor. Program: La Fille Mal Gardée, an original production choreographed by Amy Spencer and Richard Colton, and Michel Fokine's Les Sylphides, re-staged by Samuel Kurkjian and Eleanor Riley.

Comedy

Boston Baked Theater

255 Elm St., Davis Square, Somerville. Sat. evenings, 10:30 p.m. Admission: $10; $5, students. Information: 396-2470. The improvisational comedy group Guilty Children performs weekly on the stage.

ImprovBoston

Back Alley Theater, 1253 Cambridge St., Cambridge. Ongoing: Fri.­Sat., 8 p.m.; Sat., 10:30 p.m. Admission: $10; $5 with college I.D. Information: 641-1710. The area's longest-standing improvisational comedy group (12-years old) continues with a new season, composed of funny, energetic, creative performers who create scenes, dialogue, and characters on the spot, based entirely on audience suggestions.

The Comedy Project

Hong Kong Restaurant, third floor, 1236 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge. Ongoing: Fri.­Sat., 9 p.m. Admission: $10. Information: 247-1110. "The Big-Time Comedy Project Show"; dinner and dancing available. Now playing, Feb. 24­Apr. 1, 8 p.m.: "Confessions of a Happily Married Man," a new romantic comedy starring Chris Zito, who examines the plight of being a young family man in a not-so-family oriented America. Note: Mar. 17 - Special performance of "Confessions" interpreted for the deaf and hard-of-hearing by Bonnie Kraft.

Poetry

Program in Writing and Humanistic Studies Writers Series

77 Massachusetts Ave., Rm. 26-100. Mar. 14, 8 p.m. Information: 253-7894. Saul Bellow, the 1976 Nobel Prize-winner for literature, speaks about his works. His award-winning novels include The Adventures of Augie March (1953), Herzog (1964), and Mr. Sammler's Planet (1970).

MIT Poetry Series

Bartos Theater, List Visual Arts Center, 20 Ames St. Mar. 16, 7:30 p.m. Information: 253-7894. Jane Cooper, author of four books of poems, most recently Green Notebook, speaks.

Exhibits

MIT Museum

265 Massachusetts Ave. Tue.­Fri., 9 a.m.­5 p.m.; Sat.­Sun., 1­5 p.m. Free to members of the MIT community, seniors, and children under 12. For all others there is a requested donation of $3. Information: 253-4444.

"Holography: Artists and Inventors." The Museum of Holography Moves to MIT.

"Light Sculptures by Bill Parker '74." Vivid interactive light sculptures, each with its own personality and set of moods.

"Math in 3D: Geometric Sculptures by Morton G. Bradley Jr." Colorful revolving sculptures based on mathematical formulae.

"MathSpace." Hands-on exploration of geometry is the theme as visitors tinker with math playthings. Ongoing.

"MIT Hall of Hacks." Reopening of the exhibition which chronicles MIT's rich history of wit and wizardry, featuring historic photographs and a fascinating collection of artifacts, including props used in the recent police-car-on-the-dome hack. Ongoing.

Compton Gallery

"AIDS: The Challenge to Educate." Opening of the photographer Loel Poor's critically-acclaimed series of 150 black-and-white images describing the lives of people with HIV/AIDS. Through Mar. 17

Strobe Alley

Ongoing. Information: 253-4444.

"Optical Alchemy." Full-color fluorescent photographs of corals and anemones by Charles H. Mazel SM '76, a research engineer in the Department of Ocean Engineering, taken at night during underwater dives. Matched pairs of images offer a comparison between the subject under "normal" reflected-light photography and under illumination with ultraviolet light.

Hart Nautical Gallery

55 Massachusetts Ave. Ongoing.

"Course 13, 1893-1993: From Naval Architecture to Ocean Engineering." Exhibition includes historic photos, models, and computer graphics and highlights a sampling of current research including that performed by the department for Bill Koch's '62 successful America's Cup campaign with America3.

"Permanent Exhibition of Ship Models." Models which illustrate the evolution of ship design from the 16th century through the 20th century.

The Dean's Gallery

Sloan School of Management, 50 Memorial Dr. Hours: Mon.­Fri., 8 a.m.­5 p.m. Information: Michelle Fiorenza, 253-9455. "Images from 1's and 0's." Digital imagery by Phil McAlary. Through March 16.

List Visual Arts Center

20 Ames St. Hours: Tue., Thu. and Fri., 12 noon­6 p.m.; Wed., 12 noon­8 p.m.; Sat.­Sun., 1­5 p.m. Information: 253-4680. "The Masculine Masquerade: Masculinity and Representation." This exhibits explores several male archetypes of the postwar era, including father-son relationships, sexual identities, issues of power and aggression, and narratives surrounding cultural difference. Through Mar. 26.

Bromfield Gallery

107 South St., 3rd Floor, Boston. Hours: Tue.­Fri., 12­5 p.m.; Sat., 11 a.m.­5 p.m. All exhibits running through Apr. 1. Information: 451-3605. "Recent Paintings," by Robert Baart; "Recent Work," by Katy Schneider; and "Weighing the Options," by Susan Gartrell.

French Library and Cultural Center

53 Marlborough St., Boston. Hours: Tue., 12 noon­8 p.m.; Wed.­Thu., 10 a.m.­8 p.m.; Fri.­Sat., 10 a.m.­5 p.m. Information: 266-4351.

"Wood Already Touched by Fire is Not Hard to Set Alight," an exhibition of Haitian metalwork sculpture and paintings, featuring artists Fontenel Pointjour, Emmanuel Pierre-Charles, Joseph Guignard, and Ayla Gavins. Through Mar. 31.

Towne Art Gallery

Wheelock College, 180 The Riverway, Boston. Hours: Mon.­Fri., 12 p.m.­4 p.m. Information: 734-5200. "Streets are for Nobody," photographs and interviews of homeless women in Boston and other communities, by Melissa Shook. Through Mar. 10.

Boston Public Library

Copley Square, Boston. Hours: Mon.­Fri., 9 a.m.­5 p.m. Information: 536-5400 x425.

"To Preserve the Union," an exhibition of books, prints, photographs, and military memorabilia from the BPL's "20th" Massachusetts Regiment Civil War Collection will be displayed. Through Mar. 31.

"Places of Remembrance," a exhibition of 20 hanging banners orginally created by Renate Stih and Frieder Schnock in Bayerische Viertel, as part of their "Memorial for Jews Living in Berlin from 1933 to 1945," represent a dark and significant historical period. Through Apr. 9.

Museum of Science

Science Park, Boston. Through April 1995: shows hourly most days, call for showtimes. Admission: $7; $5, children (3-14)/seniors. Combination exhibit/theater tickets available: $11; $8, children/seniors. Information: 723-2500. Through April at the Mugar Omni Theater: Africa: The Serengeti (George Casey, 1994), narrated by James Earl Jones. "Psychology: Understanding Ourselves, Understanding Each Other." This new minds-on exhibit about everyday psychological processes allows visitors to "race" toward a lower stress level, spin "faces" to explore emotions, and examine language and thought through puzzles and activities. Through Apr. 28.

Boston Public Library

Wiggin and South Galleries, Copley Square, Boston. Hours: Mon.­Thu., 9 a.m.­9 p.m.; Fri.­Sat., 9 a.m.­5 p.m.; Sun., 1­5 p.m. Information: 536-5400 ext. 281. "Boston's Art of the Poster" and "Posters by Ethel Reed," exhibits that explore the flourishing art of the poster in Boston during the 1890s, independent works of arts tied to the publishing trade, touching art exhibitions and advertising alike. Through Apr. 30.

Museum of Fine Arts

465 Huntington Ave., Boston. Information: 267-9300.

"Sweet Dreams: Bedcovers and Bed Clothes from the Collection." This exhibition of quilts, coverlets, blankets, futon blankets, lingerie and sleeping caps will be drawn primarily from the permanent collection. Asian, Western, Mediterranean, and contemporary designer approaches to the ritual of the bed will be represented. Through Mar. 12.

"Emil Nolde: The Painter's Prints" and "Nolde Watercolors in America." Emil Nolde, known best for his vibrantly colored oil paintings and watercolors, will be the focus of the first major U.S. show of the artist considered one of the greatest modern German artists. The first ehxibition reveals his printmaking activity through more than 150 etchings, woodcuts, and lithographs. The second exhibition is made up of Nolde's watercolor images of flowers, fantasy portraits, landscapes, and animal subjects. Through May 7.

"Dennis Miller Bunker: American Impressionist." Bunker was one of the most talented young American painters of the late 19th century. Featuring 50 of his finest works, this will be the first comprehensive exhibition accompanied by an extensive catalogue to examine Bunker's life and art. Complemented by an exhibit at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. Through June 4.

"The Taste for Luxury: English Furniture, Silver, and Ceramics 1690-1790." This exhibition explores the influences of stylistic developments in the decorative arts throughout the 18th century and examines stylistic parallels among the different mediums. Masterpieces of English silver and soft-paste porcelain and pieces of English furniture will illustrate the artistic currents of this period. Through July 25.

Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum

280 The Fenway, Boston. Open Tue.­Sun., 11 a.m.­5 p.m. Admission: $6, $5 for students/seniors, $3 youths (ages 12­17), free for members and children under 12; Wed, $3 for students with current ID. Information: 566-1401.

"Dennis Miller Bunker and His Circle." This exhibit highlights the work of Bunker, an artist at the forefront of the American Impressionist movement in the late 19th century. More than thirty works by Bunker, including portraits of his patrons and innovative landscapes, will be displayed alongside works by those whom he inspired and influenced and who influenced him. Complemented by an exhibit at the Museum of Fine Arts. Through June 4.

The museum, itself an example of 15th-century Venentian palaces, houses more than 2,000 arts objects, including works by Rembrandt, Botticelli, Raphael, Titian, and Matisse. Ongoing.

Museum of Our National Heritage

33 Marrett Rd., Lexington. Admission and parking for the museum is free. Hours: Mon.­Sat., 10 a.m.­5 p.m., Sun., noon­5 p.m. Information: 861-6559.

"Marble Dust and Magic Lakes: American Sandpaper Paintings from the Collection of Randall and Tanya Holton." Largely ignored or overlooked in the study of American folk art, sandpaper paintings were produced by the thousands in mid-19th-century America. More than 75 sandpaper paintings give visual explanation of the dramatic power possible with charcoal and chalk, capturing the thematic range of the media and include biblical, historical, memorial, and allegorical scenes. Through Oct. 1.

"ŒFixed in Time': Dated Ceramics of the 18th, 19th, and 20th Centuries." In celebration of their 60th anniversary, the Boston China Students' Club presents an exhibtion featuring works from the members' collections. The ceramics, 80 items in all, are displayed to give a feeling for their historical context. Through May 14.

"Gathered at the Wall: America and the Vietnam Veterans Memorial." This exhibit is designed to provide visitors an opportunity to examine the continuing impact of the Memorial on the generation of Americans who lived through the conflict. More than 1,000 items have been selected to represent the diversity of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Collection, and award-winning photographers will further enhance the event with pictures. Through June 4.

"The Women They Left Behind." In this poignant and moving photography exhibition, photojournalist Larry Powell chronicles the experience of the women who journey to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial to pay tribute to loved ones the have lost. Presented in conjunction with the "Gathered at the Wall" exhibition. Through June 4.

"American Diner: Then and Now." The most ubiquitous example of eateries - rich in the history and lore of American life - is the subject of this interactive exhibit. Through photographs, works of art, and diner artifacts presents the impact these roadside fixtures have had on the landscape and the American psyche. Through July 30.

"Let It Begin Here: Lexington and the Revolution." Explore the causes and the consequences of the American War for Independence as seen through the eyes of typical New England men and women. The exhibit begins with an introductory audiovisual presentation about the events on Lexington Green. Ongoing.

The Computer Museum

300 Congress St., Boston. Hours: Tue.­Sun., 10 a.m.­5 p.m. (closed Mondays). Admission: $7, $5 for students/seniors, free for members and children four and under; half-price, Sun. 3­5 p.m. Information: 423-6758 or 426-2800 x310.

"Robots & Other Smart Machines." See how "smart" robots and computers are in this exhibit focusing on artificial intelligence and robotics. Over 25 hands-on computer stations illustrate advances in creativity, games, problem-solving, and communication, including a chance to meet Robot-in-Residence "R2-D2" from the Star Wars movies. Ongoing.

"Tools & Toys: The Amazing Personal Computer." Over 35 interactive stations illustrating many leading-edge applications enable you to experience virtual reality, pilot your own DC-10 flight simulator, record music, and do much more. Ongoing.

"The Walk-Through Computer." The world's largest and only two-story model of a personal computer allows you to climb on a giant mouse, operate a larger-than-life keyboard, and watch the actual flow of information within the machine. Ongoing.

"People and Computers: Milestones of a Revolution." Travel back through computing history via "time tunnels" and trace today's personal computers back to their giant ancestors of the 1940s and 1950s, with the help of touchscreen video displays and interactive computing stations. Ongoing.

"The Networked Planet: Traveling the Information Highway." In one hour, visitors learn how vast "invisible" networks move and manage the flow of information and dollars all over the world. An animated ride down a phone line shows visitors what the information highway looks like on the inside. Ongoing.